Placement Process

Pastoral and deaconess candidates are part of the placement process from the time they arrive at Concordia Seminary.  Early on they learn that they are to be God’s gifts to His Church, and that the formation process they are involved in will ultimately lead to their sincere willingness to serve Him wherever He places them in His family of faith.

The placement process is something that most of us take for granted.  We assume that the leaders of our Church go about it in a God-pleasing and appropriate way.  It is not until our congregation decides to call a candidate from one of our seminaries that we begin to ask the question, “How is this done?”  This is a question of interest for many in the Church today.

The placement process is a detailed five step process.

A similar, spiritually intentional process is also in place for our deaconess candidates.  The point is, there is an orderly, intentional, and deeply spiritual process in place for providing workers for the Lord’s “harvest field.”  We thank God for the many devoted (and yes, important) people involved in this process.  We thank God for the consecrated pastoral and deaconess candidates who will be given to His Church as special gifts; men and women well prepared for their service to God’s people.

Upcoming Call Days


  • April 11, 2014 (Specific Ministry Pastors)
  • April 29, 2014 (spring “Call Day”)
  • April 29, 2015
  • April 26, 2016

Please note:  Dates for spring “Call Day” are set by the LCMS Council of Presidents.

Contact the Placement Office

Rev. Wayne Knolhoff
314-505-7170 phone
314-505-7229 fax